Tanger is known for its entertainment program to boost the craft in the region during the summer every year. The Regional Crafts Fair Tangier-Tetouan, held this year was themed “The craft pillar of economic development of the Tangier-Tetouan region,” attended by nearly 125 exhibitors from across the region.
Organized by the Ministry of Trade and the Social Economy in collaboration with the house of the artisan, the event took place over an area of more than 3,000 square meters, part of which has been designed to accommodate the parties of animated art by local grassroots groups. The show took place in the context of the new regional development program of crafts, which plans to make a turnover of over one billion dirham, to generate some 28,000 stable jobs by year 2017.
It was a meeting linking artisans but also for their crafts in metalwork, traditional weaving, silk and glass painting, sewing, embroidery, woodcarving and plaster. It was an event promoting craft production and highlight the specificities of crafts in the region
Twelve regional cooperatives, five of which are based in rural areas, took part in the event. And like previous years, this ninth show has honored women artisans, whose participation this year reached 39.5% of all exhibitors. This event was an opportunity for visitors to experience the feminine craft production particularly Mindel and other items made by women weavers of rural municipalities Fahs Anjra.
It should be recalled that several projects are planned or underway to promote the handicraft sector in the region. Including the construction of the new Asilah complex and rehabilitation of Tangiers. Another new complex is going to be built in the district of Beni Makada, under the mega project of Tanger-metropolis. This project requires an overall budget of 350 million dirham aiming to bring together more than 400 ironworkers, most of them working in the present Souk Sidi Bouabid.